Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Raychel Page | Mixed Media Artist & Entrepreneur

Ever since I was little I have been taking every chance I get to create something beautiful and unique. Whether I went around the house and stole all the cardboard boxes I could find to make my own dollhouse or gathered all the glitter I could find to make a pair of fairy wings or painted rocks with my mom in the kitchen when I was 4. I have been in love with art for as long as I can remember so when it came time to figure out what college I wanted to apply to and what I wanted to study I knew I need to become a professional artist because it was something I loved that I could do for hours on end without getting tired of it. Read more>>

Juli Deng | Designer & Entrepreneur

I’ve always known that the creative realm was where I belonged. From a young age, creativity seemed to rule my world. From dressing my barbie dolls to asking Santa for a sewing machine for Christmas, I just had an inner feeling that this was where I belonged. I’ve also never been happier than in front of my sewing machine, spending the days creating pieces that have now become a part of my first collection. Read more>>

Nicholas Coyle | Film scanning technician, filmmaker, and preservationist

There is enchantment in the flicker of cinema. Light striking emulsion 24 times every second, then revealed with dyes and chemicals, and finally assembled into a shadow play of color and tone, has the power to extract even the most hidden of emotions and ensconce the viewer in thoughtful reflection. The first time I created new images through the analog process I knew I wanted to follow it as a creative career. Now, through the process of making experimental films, preserving films for archives, and helping filmmakers with the laboratory process, I have been able to fully realize my passion for cinema Read more>>

Johnny Singels | Graphic Designer & Videographer

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to do something different. Had dreams of being a couple different things but they all involved creating. Read more>>

Tray Cal | Recording artist

For as long as I remember I have loved music, my father would fill the house with the sound of him playing the bass and before I knew it……I wanted to create my own sound. Read more>>

Cheesy Cosplay | Cheesy influencer

I hate the idea of putting myself in a box. I’m hyper creative and needed a medium for that energy. Having the ability to create over multiple platforms in different mediums gives me life. Read more>>

Tarikh Brown | Firearms Instructor, producer, dj & artist

Art was my first love. I used to think drawing comic books would be my forever job. When I was in college I studied art and was one of maybe three black students in that program. After college I worked in video games for a few years before joining the United States Army. That was the reason I moved to Colorado; to serve. After getting out of the military I was able to be a Maker for the pikes peak library. That allowed me to teach drawing classes and fall in love with comics again. Read more>>

Ellen Koment | Ellen Koment/ Artist, Painter, Teacher

There was never a time when I didn’t see my life as including something beyond the ordinary. I grew up in Coney Island, and that meant that the boardwalk and the beach were always fun, and beyond ordinary life. When my mother died when I was a child I spent a lot of time with an Aunt and Uncle who were both artists and always encouraged me in that direction. Drawing and painting were always my inner voice, where I could go to be in touch with myself. I have seen life as unpredictable, and painting as the constant. Read more>>